Beauty supply store empowers Black children to love their hair

CLIFTON PARK — When Stefanie Thomas was growing up in a predominately white neighborhood in Glens Falls she had to drive over forty-five minutes to find hair products for her kinky curly hair.

“Growing up I didn’t know what to do with my hair,” Thomas said. “My mother’s white and she had no idea what to do with my hair. I wanted to fit in, so I would straighten my hair, I was teased as a kid because my hair was puffy so I developed deep-rooted insecurity about my hair and took that into my adulthood.”

As Thomas’ own daughter, age 10, began to grow up and develop insecurities about her own hair, Thomas wanted better for her. That’s why Thomas decided to open Stefanie’s Beauty Supply  in Clifton Park, featuring a wide range of products for curly hair. 

The store, located at 54 Crossing Blvd., sells hair, wigs, extensions,

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Free clothes instead of books: Woman creates ‘Love Locker’

Caley Mehs stands in front of a
Caley Mehs stands in front of a “Love Locker” at the Fife Lake library in Fife Lake, Mich., Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The locker offers free seasonal clothing for those in need. Mehs hopes to build more in the Traverse City region. (Mike Krebs/Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP)Mike Krebs/AP

FIFE LAKE, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan woman inspired by seeing tiny free libraries has created a “Love Locker,” a large chest stocked with clothes for anyone who needs them.

Caley Mehs got approval to put the first one outside the library in Fife Lake, a village southeast of Traverse City. Her goal is to have four or five in the region by summer. Buckley probably is next.

“There was no question that this was a great idea and that we should definitely move forward with it,” library director Julie

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Kingsley woman hopes to expand Love Locker Project | News

FIFE LAKE — Patrons can check out more than books from the Fife Lake Public Library. Like snow pants, with no return date.

Just outside the library’s front door lies a “locker” full of winter clothes available to take for anyone who wants them, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no questions asked.

It’s the first of hopefully many “love lockers” coordinated by 29-year-old Kingsley woman Caley Mehs. Plans are in place to open a second love locker in Buckley, hopefully having four to five by the summer.

Mehs said she drew inspiration for the project after delivering newspapers for the Record-Eagle in the Long Lake area.

“They have the little free libraries everywhere,” Mehs said. “I thought that was a really cool concept and I would like to kind of build on that idea and offer winter clothing.”

All clothes are donated from those who inquire on

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Punam Patel & Matt Rogers Join Vanessa Bayer’s Showtime Comedy Pilot ‘I Love This For You’

EXCLUSIVE: Punam Patel, who starred in Netflix comedy Special, and Matt Rogers, host of HBO Max’s dog-grooming competition series Haute Dog, have joined I Love This for You, Showtime’s comedy pilot written by and starring Vanessa Bayer.

If picked up to series, the pair would appear as series regulars. Cybill Shepherd, Molly Shannon, Ayden Mayeri and Paul James also star.

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Co-created and executive produced by Bayer and Jeremy Beiler (Saturday Night Live), I Love This for You is a grounded comedy in which Bayer plays a character, inspired by her own past, who overcame childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of landing a job as a successful home-shopping channel host.

Patel will play Tami, an offbeat backstage producer, while Rogers will play Darcy, the ingratiating right-hand man to the CEO of a home-shopping network.

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